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A Dirty Dozen with ALEX POE of THE HATE CLUB – May 2020

 

According to a recent press release: “Heavy Metal / Industrial artist THE HATE CLUB has released his latest single titled “A Dying Dream” via The Label Group/INgrooves. Grotesque and fearless, satirical and anxious the amalgamation of his musical prowess crashes a cascade of ramming distortion, raw vocals and signature production style onto listeners heads. THC’s songwriting genuinity and take-it-or-leave-it approach nurtured a die-hard international fanbase in the underground community. Drawing his inspiration from all facets of contemporary genres and classics, the bipolar, psychotic identity of The Hate Club has been often paired with the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Led Zeppelin & Gorillaz. Referencing to his fanbase as The Legion and encouraging a sense of unity and acceptance, the movement is quickly gaining traction across prominent realms of social media.” We get Alex to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release. What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through? Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Most of my lyrics are spontaneous, and I don’t always know what I’m going to sing about until I’m in front of the microphone, it’s more of a feeling rather than something I consciously decide upon. “A Dying Dream” is about LA and how it can be the most shit and amazing city both at the same time. My lyrics haha. Among other things, recently I’ve been experimenting with new sound and how I can push myself in new direction, yet, while staying true to original The Hate Club feel. Definitely, however, not with this particular song. On my previous release, Cerberus, I’ve made a small reference to another track that’s like a classic to my fans who’d known me since the day one. Not gonna say what it is, but I know for a fact that some people have noticed the reference.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I’ve been doing music since very early age, since I was 6. I remember the moment, that was the very first CD I got, it had The Beatles and Louis Armstrong on it, strange combo, I know. I just wanted to try playing something, and asked my parents if I could get a guitar. After begging them for a year straight, I finally got one and that was it. Regarding the realization of choosing being a musician as a career. There was never a one defined eureka moment, the only thing I enjoyed doing was making music, didn’t care for much else. To the point that I couldn’t see myself doing anything else but music, so things happened quite naturally, I’d probably be just another mass murderer otherwise… joking.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Oh hell yes, 2 in fact, Led Zeppelin’s Live Concert at Madison Square Garden 1973, and Keith Jarrett’s Solo Koln Concert, my influences are all over the place.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Led Zeppelin influenced me on a band level, for whatever that means, Keith Jarrett, pianist, inspired me to become a professional musician and really know my “shit” in terms of music as an art form, Noisia, a dnb act, inspired a lot of my production techniques in the early days, sound design and mixing, I can’t say that I have numbers 4 and 5, there are so many great musicians that I admire and learn from all the time. I’d say the rest of my influences change all the time, I like staying open-minded about other genres and artists. Right now it’s Rammstein, Gojira, Metallica and Tool.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

I wouldn’t. I really enjoy working on current material by myself. That’s a possibility in the future, however, I don’t know how I really feel about this, I’m really protective of my music. If it happens it will happen naturally out of pure artistic necessity. I would hate to make music as part of the “collab bro”. I really respect artists like Rammstein, Gojira which do their own thing and have their own vision. I get it that collaborations are great to “promote” music, but I think a lot of times the need to “promote” gets in the way of making truly expressive music with an ideology in mind. There’s a lot The Hate Club has to say right now that is very personal, it has to be raw and lonely.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

One of my friends called it indie-industrial haha, I want to weed out the “indie” part out of it more and more and turn it into “metal”, I think that’s a good way to call it for now. THC is a lot of different things for many different people, each one of them discovers something they can relate to. Some people compared early THC releases to Depeche Mode, I hate it. Now people compare it to Marilyn Manson, I disagree.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Haha, I am the band. It’s just one person writing, recording, producing and engineering everything. So to answer question, it would all be me haha. I do have a group of friends that trash my pad every few days when we are all hanging out and doing “singalongs”. I would love to have actual band members in the future, that would be great.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

I think I saw Maynard James Keenan at a restaurant couple of months ago in LA, I didn’t get to talk to him though. He’s another huge inspiration!

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

I think touring is one of my most favourite parts, waking up in a different city all the time, I really love how that feels, being on the road is amazing. Just the process itself is so addicting, with all the struggling and euphoria coming after you every day. I’d like to be a hitman, or maybe a dictator, that would be pretty amazing.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

Where I’m buying all the OG The Hate Club pants, and I wouldn’t tell you, it’s a secret. How many band members are there in The Hate Club lol.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Not at all, I don’t dwell on the past much, I’m anxious to see where my path takes me. There’s so much for THC to look forward to…. come to think of it, I wish I’ve though of the band name sooner 😉

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

There are so many, but to select the ultimate recording session I’d have to go with what was happening when Manson’s Antichrist Superstar was being recorded, over the course of 8 months of complete debauchery and chaos, while working on it with Trent Reznor from NIN. It’s amazing to imagine the level of dedication to artistic vision when that record was made. Gives me chills, I feel that artists these days don’t do that, everything is too “safe” and “comfy” and “pretty and cute” and “wavy”. I want the grit, death, destruction, chaos and all those emotions and concepts that humanity is trying to forget about.

BONUS QUESTION – Due to the current world situation with COVID-19 / quarantine / shelter in place, what have you discovered you miss the most from your life before the pandemic struck?

Not being paranoid that I’m going to die because I touched something at the store just now. In reality, I think not being able to go to music festivals it one thing that I really f*cken miss, going to a show and feeling the energy of the place, with crowds slamming at each other like waves. I miss the chaos of our daily lives.

THE HATE CLUB LINKS:

OFFICIAL SITE

FACEBOOK

Category: Interviews

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